Background & FAQs
Why are we moving to Canvas?
The Governor’s 2021-22 budget allocated $2 million in the ongoing general fund specifically for the migration of all CSUs to a common learning management platform, Canvas, by Fall 2023. This funding has been accepted by the Office of the Chancellor with the anticipation that the seven CSUs that were not already on Canvas would utilize these funds to migrate. The funding must be used by the campuses who haven’t yet migrated to implement Canvas by Fall 2023.
Who made the decision?
- In December 2021, Academic Senate referred TPAC (Technology Policy & Advisory Committee) to recommend procedures/timeline/processes for a transition to Canvas.
- On March 16, 2022 they provided their report to Senate. In it, they recommended CSUSM migrate to Canvas with a planned implementation date for Canvas campus‐wide of Fall 2022.
- On April 6th, 2022 Academic Senate passed the resolution to implement Canvas in Fall 2022.
When are we moving to Canvas?
All courses are expected to be in Canvas by Fall 2022.
Note: These FAQs are related to the transition to Canvas. FAQs on using Canvas.
- How can I get support?
Canvas has 24x7 support that you can reach from within Canvas. Select Help at the bottom of the global navigation on the left, then choose either Canvas Support Hotline or Chat with Canvas Support.
You can also visit the IITS Canvas Support page to view all available support options.
- What will the Canvas LMS be called?
- The campus LMS will be referred to as Cougar Courses.
- For Summer 2022 Cougar Courses will refer to Moodle.
- For Fall 2022 Cougar Courses will refer to Canvas.
Timeline & Migration
- Can I get access to Canvas now?
Yes! Canvas is already available to instructors to begin to explore and prepare for the coming semesters. Login to https://csusm.instructure.com/ using your CSUSM username and password.
- When will my Fall 2022 courses be added to Canvas?
IITS is working with the Chancellor's Office on the process that will load courses and faculty into Canvas. We are anticipating Fall 2022 courses will be added the first week of August.
[Update: Fall 2022 courses were added the first week of August.]
However we recommend starting to build your courses right away using sandbox/development containers. Once official containers are created you can easily import your content from the development container into your Fall 2022 course container. Please see the response below on getting a development container in Canvas.
- When will my students be loaded into my Fall courses?
IITS is working with the Chancellor's Office on the process that will load courses and students into Canvas. This process will be pulling information out of MyCSUSM (Peoplesoft) and updating course rosters in Canvas daily. We are anticipating students will be added beginning mid August.
[Update: Students were first loaded on August 11th. Canvas course enrollments are being updated once a day.]
In addition to their registered courses, students will also be added to a course that will introduce them to Canvas.
- Can I get a development container in Canvas?
- Will my Moodle courses be migrated to Canvas? If so, when?
We have contracted with a vendor called K16 solutions to migrate courses from Fall 2019 to Spring 2022 during phase one. If possible, they will migrate courses from Fall 2016 to Summer 2019 during phase two.
We anticipate this migration being completed by early August. [Update: this migration is going more slowly than anticipated due to technical issues and it still currently underway.]
If you cannot wait, you can manually move your own content from Moodle to Canvas. You can choose to migrate content directly into your Fall 2022 course or create a Development course and migrate the content there. We recommend creating a development container to allow you to see how the content came over and decide how to proceed. Once ready you can easily import that content into your Fall course.
Please see the responses below for questions on what will and will not be migrated, how to migrate content manually, how to fix up migrated content, and how to access your old courses.
- What is being migrated?
Courses from Fall 2019 to Spring 2022 will be migrated first. If possible, then courses from Fall 2016 to Summer 2019 will be migrated.
The majority of resources (files, external URLs, etc.) and the major activities (Assignment, Quiz, and Forum) will migrate successfully into Canvas. However, some activities will migrate, but will need to be adjusted, and some activities will simply not migrate. Please see our Equivalencies Chart to gain an understanding of which activities will migrate as-is, which will need some adjustment, and which will not migrate at all.
- What won't be migrated?
Please see our Equivalencies Chart to determine which activities and resources will migrate as-is, which will need some adjustment, and which will not migrate at all.
A few other things that will not migrate:
- Student data such as forum posts, grades, etc.
- There may be courses that have individual files that are larger than 256MB that may not be migrated.
- Audio/Video files (MP4 files, not links) will also not be migrated due to size and migration constraints.
- I need the migrated content now, but I don't see it in Canvas yet. Can I migrate it
Yes, absolutely! You can manually move your own content from Moodle to Canvas. You can choose to migrate content directly into your Fall 2022 course or create a Development course and migrate the content there. We recommend creating a development container to allow you to see how the content came over and decide how to proceed. Once ready you can easily import that content into your Fall course.
- What do I need to do to use the content migrated from Moodle?
Depending on your course organization/structure and the activities you used in Cougar Courses, the migrated course in Canvas might need very little adjustment, or it could need significant adjustment in which case it might be easier and faster to build from scratch. Once your content has been migrated you should review and choose to either adjust this migrated content or rebuild your course. For more information, please see our Conversion Process Guide.
Access to Moodle and Community
- What will happen to my past courses in Moodle?
The content (not students or user data) will be migrated by K16 solutions. Please see the responses in the section above related to migration.
The actual Fall 2019 to Summer 2022 courses will remain available to instructors on this site: https://cc2019.csusm.edu/. This content will not be deleted. Fall 2013 to Summer 2019 courses will also remain available on their respective sites. Please see our page on Previous CC Containers for more information about accessing these past Moodle courses.
- How can I access my past courses in Moodle after the transition to Canvas?
- How long will I have access to my past courses in Moodle?
There are currently no plans to remove instructor access to past Moodle containers. However, for security purposes in order to access these courses you will need to either be on campus or use CougarApps or Global Protect (see above for more information).
- What about Community?
Currently Community will remain as a separate site and will continue to use Moodle.
- Can I do everything in Canvas that I did in Moodle?
For the most part, yes! Like Moodle Canvas has tools to facilitate communication between you and your students, deliver course materials, collect assignments, deliver online quizzes, provide grades and feedback, and much more. However, these processes and tools might look a little different in Canvas than Moodle, and there might not be exact equivalents in Canvas for some of the more specific activities in Moodle. Please see our Equivalencies Chart to explore the similarities and differences between Moodle and Canvas.
- I currently teach at a Community College using Canvas. Will CSUSM's Canvas instance
be the same?
Not necessarily. While the general look and feel will be similar across campuses that use Canvas, certain features, settings, and integrated tools might not be the same. For example, at another university you may have the ability to cross-list your own course, or integrate a publisher's tool. At CSUSM we have restricted the ability to cross-list (combine courses) to admins, and we have a dedicated process for vetting third party tools. Request a cross-listed course or third part tool.
- There is a third-party tool I want added to Canvas. How can I do that?
Before we install any new plugins IITS needs to review the accessibility and security (including data sharing/collection) of the tool. To request a new plugin be reviewed, please fill out the request form.
- Can I share Canvas content with another instructor?
Yes, you can choose to share individual items or entire courses. For more information, please see our guide on sharing content in Canvas.
- Do you have any templates I can use to help prepare my courses?
Yes, we do! We have a variety of templates you can choose to use to help you build your courses in Canvas. Please see our page on CSUSM Canvas Course Templates.
- I have other questions about using Canvas. Where can I get help?